Victorian jury trials to resume next month

Karen Sweeney
Jury trials in Victoria's Supreme and County courts will begin again from mid-next month

Victorians will start being called back for jury duty this week, with trials to begin again next month.

The Supreme Court will run three criminal trials at a time, and five will run in the County Court, starting on July 20.

Trials will look a little different in the Supreme Court, with accused people to sit in media seats, lawyers in the jury box and jurors to sit throughout the public seats.

In the County Court the jury boxes will be extended to fit socially distanced jurors.

Jurors will be selected from larger virtual pools and anyone who is unable to sit on a jury because of coronavirus can apply for a deferral.

Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth said on Monday that courts were under "enormous pressure" to determine which cases would go ahead first.